Any confidence that we have as clinicians gets knocked down a notch or two when we see the endless perfect cases presented at lectures—you know, those perfect implants, perfect dentures, perfect veneers, perfect crowns, perfect fillings (with tertiary anatomy, no less!), and perfect long-term outcomes. As I sit in these discussions, I can’t help but ruminate over my last 12 years practicing dentistry and consider the mishaps that unfortunately I have had to experience to get to where I am today. In the spirit of learning, I will share with you some of my clinical blunders and the things that I have had to learn the hard way. The first one was, by far, my most expensive learning experience.

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